Tucker High Students Suspended

(L-R) Molly Bardsley and son Ian Nuhfer; Victoria Heika, Victoria Smash and mom Jennifer Smash, Mackenzie Campbell and mom Cynthia Campbell

Maria Boynton
March 16, 2018 - 3:25 pm

(Photo Credit: Maria Boynton/Entercom Atlanta)

"I felt that 17 minutes weren't nearly enough." That's what Ian Nuhfer said about the National Student Walkout, in which Tucker High School participated.  But, when the allotted time was over, the 16 year old Tucker High School junior, and some of his friends decided to stage a sit-in at the school in DeKalb County. According to Nuhfer," the school threatened to suspend us for 10 days, a good bit of students left, but 5 of us stayed and more came." Not only did they stay, they sat for 6 hours. 

Nuhfer, along with MacKenzie Campbell, Victoria Smash, Victoria Heika, and one other student, received a one-day suspension. They planned to return to classes today at the Tucker, GA, school near Atlanta. 

Ian's mother Molly Bardsley doesn't fault the school. "They did what they needed to do. They handled the students with respect and dignity." She says the students understood that civil disobedience has consequences. "As a result, they've been able to get their message heard by a much larger audience", Bardsley adding, "had they not been suspended nobody outside of the school would be listening to what they have to say about this issue."

Asked if she'd do it all over again Heika said, "I would do it a million times until there was common-sense gun legislation." Jennifer Smash, the mother of Victoria, said she was very moved by the school shooting in Florida, saying she cried when she saw a Stoneman-Douglas mother yelling that her child was dying.  "This just needs to stop", said Smash, "our kids need to go to school safe." 

Accompanied by the parents, the students spoke this morning on the Frank and Wanda Morning Show on V-103 Atlanta.

It is estimated that 1-million students from about 3000 schools, including many in metro Atlanta, participated in the National Student Walkout Wednesday, March 14, 2018. It was to remember those killed in the February 14, 2018, shooting at Stoneman-Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and to urge lawmakers to pass comprehensive gun control legislation.